Theresa May A-Z: A Round-Up

21.6.17


26 letters, 26 fashion focused posts about the Prime Minister. During May and June, Political Style published the Theresa May A-Z, a definitive guide to all things fashion related of our most stylish Prime Minister.

From Amanda Wakeley to zany outfit choices, the posts discussed Theresa May's love of fashion, and how she is using her public position to empower women's wardrobe choices in the workplace.

From researching the content for the posts to reading feedback from readers, it is clear that Theresa May's public facing and fashion forward image is of interest to people across the globe. The Prime Minister's stylish choices provide a window into her personality, and provide us, the information-hungry electorate with a better understanding of the personal woman behind the professional, public image.

Theresa May is a private person, and rarely gives much away about her private life. This makes her wardrobe even more fascinating to track and analyze, and gives bloggers like myself an exciting challenge to interpret!

What have we learned about Theresa May's approach to fashion?

The Prime Minister is loyal to her favourite brands, and turns to them for a stock of staples in her wardrobe. Whether it's Escada for business-focused workwear, or Amanda Wakeley for glamorous evening gowns, May knows what she likes and what works for her.

Similarly, May invests in pieces that will stand the test of time. We've seen her repeat everything from jackets to trousers, shoes to accessories, mixing them up with other items to provide an instant refresh. Many pieces in her wardrobe are what I describe as 'classics with a twist:' a block heel with sparkly, sequinned detail, an oversized pearl necklace or a coat embellished with feathers.

May takes a risk with what she wears, and certainly knows how to dress for an occasion. She'll often echo the event through what she wears, wearing a red hat by Liz Felix Millinery for example to a state visit event for the President of China. Appropriate and spot-on, May dresses appropriately and with a flourish for everything she does.

And importantly, Theresa May is supportive of British designers. We're seeing the Prime Minister increasingly turn to tailor Daniel Blake for many structured workwear pieces, notably the bright blue suit she wore on her return to Downing Street and a military inspired navy coat that is a staple through the winter months. May is also championing young designers who are starting out in their careers- giving a particular nod to Megan Ferris, a printed textiles graduate who produces amazing silk scarves.

Whilst Theresa May has had a tough election, one thing remains clear- her sense of style is as strong and bold as ever.

Catch up with the whole Theresa May A-Z series here.


Theresa May's post election wardrobe: what does it mean?

18.6.17


We're over a week on from the results of the 2017 General Election. With no clear winner and a country unsure of what will come next, it has been for many, an election that we'd like to forget.

For Theresa May, the election was a huge gamble that didn't pay off. Whilst the majority of the discussion and post-election analysis has focused on leadership, strategy and the individuals involved, little has been written about May's post-election wardrobe and what her shift in appearance means.

Before polling day, we saw May embrace bold colours, patterns and prints, a visual sign of her confidence as a leader. Her bright red Amanda Wakeley suit made many appearances, and her shoes were as sparkly as ever. Switch to post 8th June, and May is swathed in tones of navy and white, the primary hues paired down to reflect her personal and public mood.



May's speech outside Downing Street on the 9th June was a bright spot in her post election wardrobe. She was still Prime Minister and the Conservatives were the largest party. To convey this, May displayed her party loyalty and determination as leader by wearing a bright blue skirt and jacket suit from British designer, Daniel Blake. The Orchid jacket and slim tailoring is an updated version of the typical power suit worn by Margaret Thatcher, the bold colour helping May to stand out from the crowd and redefine her power and position moving forward. Compared with May's sunny Amanda Wakeley outfit on her entry to Downing Street in July 2016, May's bright blue outfit is more traditional and eye-catching for perhaps different, confidence boosting reasons. Despite this visual change, May's support for British design remains strong and unwavering.


May returned to Amanda Wakeley for her first day back in the job of government, opting for a black and white printed jacket and trousers for meetings at No 10 and for an appearance at the 1922 Committee. And for her first foreign trip post election to Paris, May wore the Notch military style jacket by Daniel Blake- a clear focus on sharp tailoring and a public demonstration that she was back to business.



Over the past week we have seen May rely on her uniform of well loved pieces. In a time of immense political, social and personal stress, these items provide May with a sense of familiarity and confidence. We saw for example, May wearing a navy Amanda Wakeley dress, baby blue coat and the Balls necklace from Mirta Bijoux for her attendance at the swearing in of all Members of Parliament. Toeing the party line, this outfit is a repeat, and one which provides memories of a happier time when May took the mantle of Prime Minister in July 2016.

Basic in their silhouette and palette, May has embraced the 'back to basics' look over the past seven days, conveying a reassessment of her leadership and her future as Prime Minister. Clothes are not just a frivolous subject, often confined to the style section of newspapers or subject for discussion on blogs like mine. The personal projection image has a profound impact on our public officials, and as we've seen with Theresa May, her image and choice of clothes have changed since the monumental results of the General Election.

Perhaps we are now seeing the real Theresa May through her choice of clothes. A woman of simple things, straight talking, and with a vision for getting the job done. An honest and real human being like us all.

Ascot ready with Louise Georgette Millinery

14.6.17


It's officially hat season, and with garden parties in full swing and Ascot just around the corner, I'm excited to share the designs of Louise Georgette Millinery.


Originally from Sydney, Louise is based in the UK and creates hats outside of her day job. She fell into the hat making world during her first Ascot event back in 2014, at a friend's 30th birthday. This event provided her with the motivation to pursue part time millinery studies around full time work for two years. After completing her second year of millinery studies she interned with some world renowned London based milliners.

Louise's 2017 Spring/Summer collection is named 'Feathered Frolic,' and is inspired by sculptural experimentation with a mix of feathers, leather, sinamay and parisisal straws. Swarovski crystals have been thrown into the mix for a subtle, sparkling finish. These pieces have been designed for the discerning but fun-loving sophisticate!


Louise has been invited to showcase her collection at Herald and Heart in Fulham for their Royal Ascot Emporium. Her work is displayed alongside other up-and-coming designers and well established milliners alike. The collection will be on sale and in store until Saturday 24th June from
9.30am to 6pm every day.

May through Instagram

12.6.17



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Theresa May A-Z: Z is for Zany

31.5.17


Quirky cool, our Prime Minister loves a zany piece…or two! Theresa May embraces her fashion forward side with an array of pieces that only she could carry off. From a multi pattern plaid Vivienne Westwood for Liberty jacket, to a ruby red spotted wool coat, May is bold, brave and brilliant!

She also has a thing for quirky jewellery, and has been known to rock a Bakelite piece…or two! Glitter studded bangles, old masters screen-printed onto a bracelet and Swarovski sparkly earrings, zany is always in fashion for the PM.

And what about those shoes? Multi print kitten heels from the Russell & Bromley/Beverley Feldman back catalogue make regular appearances, as does a pair of leopard print wellingtons. If only we could have a colour clash of prints in the Commons Chamber!

Whether she’s addressing MPs or representing the UK on the world stage, Theresa May isn’t afraid to show her personality through her love of fashion. Bright, bold and brand Britain, we’re proud to have such an inspiring and committed woman as our Prime Minister.

And this marks the end of our Theresa May A-Z series! If only there were more letters in the alphabet! You can catch up with previous posts in the series and other Theresa May reports here.


Theresa May A-Z: Y is for Young Designers

30.5.17


Wearing an eye-catching blue and white scarf to Prime Minister’s Questions on March 1st, all everybody wanted to know was who had designed this masterpiece.

The creative brains behind the design turned out to be fashion student Megan Ferris. Studying printed textiles at Winchester School of Art, Megan adopts an experimental approach to her work, using a wide range of materials to create an interesting array of marks.

May’s scarf is the Tavira design. Inspired by the architecture and azulejo tiles from the town of Tavira in Portugal, the decorative hand painted tiles were the stimulus for this striking silk scarf. Rolled and edging her Escada navy suit, this fantastic piece is an elegant addition to May’s already fantastic array of scarves.

For Ferris, seeing the Prime Minister wear one of her designs was an extraordinary moment. , She shared her feelings with me on a post exclusively for Political Style.

What has been the reaction to the PM wearing your scarves?

The support from family and friends has been wonderful. I am rather overwhelmed that Theresa liked my scarf design and I thought she wore it wonderfully. The colours looked excellent on her, it really suited her complexion.

What do you think of the PM’s style and her support of the UK fashion industry?

She’s an excellent supporter of British designers and up and coming designers and realises the importance of the British fashion industry to our economy and the many jobs that it provides. She has said she is aiming to lead a government that helps and encourages new and upcoming talent, whatever their background. I think it’s great that she has her own fashion flare. She is particularly good at accessorizing and always adds lovely additions of colour to her outfits. I love her signature kitten heels and she has some fabulous coats.

You can read the original post with Megan here.

Come back tomorrow for the Z is for... reveal! For further A-Z entries and Theresa May posts click here. 

Theresa May A-Z: X is for Xtra Special

29.5.17


For those extra special occasions, Theresa May really pushes the boat out.

With more black tie functions to attend as Prime Minister, Theresa May turned to old favourites for extra special pieces. Daring, bold and downright fantastic, May wore the sleeveless midnight Luna dress by Amanda Wakeley to the Pride of Britain Awards in October 2016. Causing a little bit of a media storm, May outshone every celebrity attending the Awards with her A-list dress. Cut off above the knee, the dress exudes femininity, with a deep V cut providing a silhouette that only the bravest would wear. May deviated from her usual shoe provider for this special evening, turning to Dolce & Gabbana for a pair of royal blue Bellucci pumps complete with Swarovski detailing. Very chic!


Similarly, May wowed when she addressed the Guildhall in her first Lord Mayor’s Banquet speech in November 2016. Donning a sleeveless slinky red gown, May wore red stiletto heels and a sparkly bangle and Anya Hindmarch clutch bag. A special occasion deserved a special outfit – and May delivered.

For other red carpet events May relied on beloved pieces, such as an Amanda Wakeley jersey dress and the same silver lame clutch by Anya Hindmarch. This just goes to show that once you’ve found that extra special item, you’d be silly to let it go!

Come back tomorrow for the Y is for... reveal! For further A-Z entries and Theresa May posts click here. 
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